The IFBB Europa Battle of Champions Women’s Pro Bodybuilding competition, held last weekend in Hartford, Connecticut, more than lived up to its name—with a clear-cut victory for newcomer-to-the-pros Anne Freitas. The 5’2″ blond bombshell from Rio De Janeiro so impressed the judges with her star-quality package of densely muscular shape and conditioning that they gave it to her unanimously, the only such decision of the day, as it turned out.
An even dozen athletes hit the stage at the Connecticut Convention Center. Michelle Cummings, the ’11 NPC National champ—also making her pro debut—and the very symmetrical Monique Jones were close after the judging, with Cummings just a couple of points ahead; however a strong challenge from veteran Tazzie Colomb at the night show left Jones solidly in third, with Cummings getting the runner-up spot.
Columb ended up in fourth, with ’10 USA champ Sarah Hayes, sporting noticeably more mass than we’ve seen, rounding out the top five—all of which will have definite effects on the ’12 Ms. Olympia lineup. For one thing, it makes Freitas the seventh woman to qualify. For another puts the other four ladies into the Olympia points competition. Monique and Tazzie are scheduled to join the 18-woman lineup at the Wings of Strength Chicago Pro, which starts tomorrow. Glancing at that list, which includes a lot of good bodybuilders but no rock stars, I’d have to say that they’re as likely as any to do well there, which would set them on course for a trip to Vegas in September.
A word or two about Anne Freitas. The ’08 Brazilian National figure champ, Frietas has experienced a quick success in the physique sports. She trained for years before she got onstage in 2008 and carried considerable muscle. After scoring regional and national victories, she switched to bodybuilding, conquering the South American and World Amateur Championships in 2009. Now she’s won her pro debut. We’ll find out in September whether that streak can hold at the highest levels of the sport.
Find the complete results from the BOC Women’s Bodybuilding below.
Photos courtesy of RxMuscle.com (from top):
Freitas—consider how much muscle she has to have to diet down and look like this.
Michelle Cummings—the former gymnast knows how to pose.
Monique Jones—a good finish in Chicago could earn her a second trip to the O.
’12 Europa Battle of Champions Women’s Bodybuilding
1) Anne Freitas
2) Michelle Cummings
3) Monique Jones
4) Tazzie Colomb
5) Sarah Hayes
6) Amber DeFrancesco
7) Alevtina Goroshinskaya
8) Lizette Acevedo
9) Helle Nielsen
10) Bonnie Papas
11) Natalia Batova
12) Janet Kaufman